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Achievable vs. Realistic - Differences and Definitions
Achievable vs. Realistic - Differences and Definitions
Achievable vs. Realistic - Differences and Definitions
Achievable vs. Realistic - Differences and Definitions
Achievable vs. Realistic - Differences and Definitions
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Old 15th December 2009, 11:20 AM
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Question Achievable vs. Realistic - Differences and Definitions

Hi All,

I’m new here and this is my first post. I have learned that when we set an objective it should be SMART to be effective. But I am a bit confused about the difference between “achievable” and “realistic”. It sounds the same.

Please enlighten me.

Thank you

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Old 15th December 2009, 11:38 AM
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Hi All,

I’m new here and this is my first post. I have learned that when we set an objective it should be SMART to be effective. But I am a bit confused about the difference between “achievable” and “realistic”. It sounds the same.

Please enlighten me.

Thank you
Welcome to the Cove.
Something could be achievable but not realistic; just because you can do something doesn't mean that you should.
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Old 15th December 2009, 11:56 AM
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Re: What is the difference between achievable and realistic?

Thank you, Jim. This is the way I understand your explanation: Given that objective is achievable i still have to find out if i have the factors something like skills, commitment, time to accomplish the objective to make it realistic.
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Old 15th December 2009, 12:07 PM
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Thank you, Jim. This is the way I understand your explanation: Given that objective is achievable i still have to find out if i have the factors something like skills, commitment, time to accomplish the objective to make it realistic.
Well, that's one way to look at it. SMART is just a clever mnemonic device, not a set of specific requirements. These days (especially in places where Six Sigma is being done) there are a lot of things being measured that don't need to be measured, or can't be measured accurately. The "realistic" part of SMART means that whatever the objective is, it should be something that (a) needs to be measured and (b) will result in something being improved.
Thank You to Jim Wynne for your informative Post and/or Attachment!
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Old 15th December 2009, 12:56 PM
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Re: What is the difference between achievable and realistic?

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Hi All,

I’m new here and this is my first post. I have learned that when we set an objective it should be SMART to be effective. But I am a bit confused about the difference between “achievable” and “realistic”. It sounds the same.

Please enlighten me.

Thank you
I like to look at the two this way: 'what could be done' and 'what can be done'. For example, it is achievable for each one of us to become a super-star in one field or another but realistically only a few of us want/pursue/are given the opportunity to do it. It terms of goals and objectives, 100% on-time delivery is achievable but realistically 99.5% is a very good performance also (depending on what area we are talking about).
Thanks to DrM2u for your informative Post and/or Attachment!
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Old 15th December 2009, 01:00 PM
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I like to look at the two this way: 'what could be done' and 'what can be done'. For example, it is achievable for each one of us to become a super-star in one field or another but realistically only a few of us want/pursue/are given the opportunity to do it. It terms of goals and objectives, 100% on-time delivery is achievable but realistically 99.5% is a very good performance also (depending on what area we are talking about).
Without understanding (and being able to control) the variation that contributes to 100% on-time delivery, we can't say that it's achievable or realistic.
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Old 15th December 2009, 03:50 PM
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Without understanding (and being able to control) the variation that contributes to 100% on-time delivery, we can't say that it's achievable or realistic.
Exactly my point ... everyhting is 'achievable' if we understand and control all the variables and variation involved. The 'realistic' is based on what we realy understand and can control. Think about the presidential election process in the US; how much does the average person understand and control for their favorite candidate to be a winner or a weener?

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Old 20th December 2009, 08:01 AM
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Re: What is the difference between Achievable and Realistic?

All the above discussions in one way or other suggest that 'realistic' and 'achievable' are two different qualities and that many a times they cannot coexist. In that case how one can ensure that one's objectives or goals are both realistic and achievable at the same time? Does that mean that one should choose only such objectives or goals that are both realistic and achievable? Ofcourse such a course sounds logical and practical!
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